Sunday, 14th April 2019 @ 17:15
Quins book their trip to Franklins Gardens with an attritional victory against Loughborough Lightning at The Stoop, 26-10
A first-half double from Number Eight Jade Konkel and further scores from Vickii Cornborough and Leanne Riley were enough to give Quins the win on a cold Sunday afternoon in South West London.
Quins will now play Saracens Women at Franklins Gardens on Saturday 27th April in a re-run of last year’s final (kick-off: 17:45).
The home side started fast securing a penalty at the breakdown in the Loughborough half in the opening seconds. Fly-half Ellie Green opted to kick to the corner and that decision paid off when, at the resulting maul, Lightning fly-half Katy Daley-Maclean came in at the side and was sent to the sin bin. The hosts then chose to scrum and from that, Konkel scored her side’s first try. Even with the conversion missed, Quins led 5-0.
On the 7th minute, Loughborough scored a try of their own thanks to a free-flowing run from winger Carys Williams along the left touch line. With the conversion missed by centre Emily Scarratt, the scores were level 5-5.
On the 21-minute mark, Quins were awarded a penalty inside the Loughborough half. Green opted to take the points but unfortunately missed, meaning the score remained 5-5.
On 33 minutes, Quins fullback Emily Scott made a break from inside her own 22 and ran down to near the Lougborough five metre line before being ushered into touch. Though the visitors were able to clear their lines, the Quins continued to attack and, on the 38-minute mark, Jade Konkel drove over the line for her second score. With the conversion added by Green, Quins led 12-5 at the break.
Quins came out of the blocks in the second half in the abrasive way they had finished the first and, on 52 minutes, Vickii Cornborough crossed the whitewash for her side’s third try. Green stepped up to add the extras meaning that Quins led 19-5.
Next followed another period of bone-shattering collisions between the two sides, causing several players to leave the field, including Cornborough and fellow England Women star Shaunagh Brown.
On 69 minutes, however, Quins scored again thanks to a classic, sniping run from scrum-half Leanne Riley. With the extras added by Green, Quins extended their lead to 26-5.
On the 78-minute mark, Loughborough ran in a score of their own through replacement back Megan Davey. With the conversion missed, the final score remained 26-10 to Harlequins Ladies.